Listed integrator and services company Data#3 has proved the home ground advantage is still alive and well when it comes to winning tenders.
The company outbid rivals IBM Global Services and Melbourne-based outsourcer Tequinox for a $4 million, three-year contract with manufacturing giant Queensland Alumina (QAL).
Under the terms of the agreement Data#3 will provide recommendations for strategic initiatives, outsourcing of technical support and the company's helpdesk, management of QAL's local area network infrastructure and 800-plus desktop devices.
"We took into account 22 criteria, such as fit to requirements, cost of service, complete suite of services, and local infrastructure and resources," said Phil Hughes, manager of administration at QAL. "Data#3 has made a significant commitment to a local presence in central Queensland and was the strongest in our competitive evaluation."
The integrator will have up to eight staff work onsite at QAL, as well as provide contract labour for QAL's application development and maintenance group which is planning a transition to ERP from legacy systems in 2001.
QAL uses a Nortel-based ATM and fast Ethernet LAN with Microsoft Windows NT servers, using Compaq hardware for all desktops and servers, a statement released by the company said.